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The Real Real - Bold Pray-ers

The Real Real - Bold Pray-ers

June 27, 2022

One of the big ideas during this series of sermons has been this that before you ever got here somebody was here preparing for you. And now it’s your turn – since you’re here – to prepare for the next person that is coming.

We need seed sowers – those who give generously through the church.

And waster walkers - These are the people who step outside of their comfort zone and the safety net and allow God to use them to lead others to know Jesus.

We need humble heroes. Humble hero is the person who just shows up and says, “use me how I need to be used.” God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

Today we need prayer warriors.

Though we can all pray, all churches need those individuals who have a God ordained ability to pray and to call upon the Lord to do mighty things, to break the strongholds of the enemy, to open the storehouses of heaven, to defeat the strategies of the devil, and to plead for the constant activity of divine power to be upon God’s people in God’s church.

 

Acts 4:1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

 

This is intimidation.

 

On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”

 

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… “10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.

11 This Jesusis the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.

 

18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.

 

23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God

and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers were gathered together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed’

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

 

29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

 

31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

 

Are you asking God for something big?

 

Ask for a God sized

God directed

God thought

God made

God managed

God empowered

God orchestrated

move of God to happen. Where are you asking for God to show up in his glory - in his unique way, in his majesty, and something that is unmistakably God?

 

The Real Real - Hesitant Heroes

The Real Real - Hesitant Heroes

June 20, 2022

God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. And every one of us who follow Jesus are called to be about our father’s business.

 

It was Jesus who once said; Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

 

4 things from the life of a humble hero; Barnabas

  1. Barnabas gave of himself financially to the story God was writing.

Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

  1. Barnabas gave of himself personally to the story God was writing.

Acts 9:26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! 27 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

28 So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.

  1. Barnabas gave of himself by serving in the story God was writing.

Acts 11:19 Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. 20 However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentilesabout the Lord Jesus. 21 The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.

22 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.

  1. Barnabas gave of himself by developing others in the story that God was writing.

Acts 11:25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believerswere first called Christians.)

The Real Real - Water Walkers

The Real Real - Water Walkers

June 13, 2022

Here life principle that you will never escape;

Jesus came and you got blessed.

Jesus died and you got blessed.

Jesus sacrificed and you got blessed.

Jesus suffered and you got blessed.

 

The real, real is this; now it’s our turn to sacrifice so someone else may be blessed.

 

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

 

My challenge to you today is to be a water walker.

 

Matthew 14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long wayfrom the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the nighthe came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

  1. Water walkers, like Peter, are moved by seeing the greatness of Jesus.

 

 

  1. Water walkers, like Peter, are inspired to do things that seem daring, unusual uncomfortable and maybe even makes no sense.

 

  1. Water walkers, like Peter, take steps that totally depend upon Jesus being Jesus.

 

When I look at Riverside Church there are four big areas that we want to be really good in.

 

  1. Big church – that everything that happens on the weekends.
  2. Kids church – that is everything that we do for those who are not yet adults.
  3. Little church – that is the area of connecting people into life groups.
  4. Outside church – that is outreach into the community.

 

Every one of these areas depends upon people to serve.

 

  1. Water walkers, like Peter, need saving from time to time.

 

Peter messed up the miracle!

  1. Water walkers, like Peter, don’t get the glory – Jesus does.

 

At the end of this whole scenario nobody was saying, “Peter, you are amazing” but they were saying, “Jesus, you are amazing.”

 

And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

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The Real Real - Lead Follow or Find a New Way

The Real Real - Lead Follow or Find a New Way

June 6, 2022

Today I want to invite you to be a seed planter.

 

Matthew 13:31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

 

You might want to ask a question right now; why is Jesus comparing the greatest movement on the face of the earth – the kingdom of heaven – to a mustard seed?

 

It’s because a seed looks inconsequential.

A seed doesn’t even look alive.

A seed is so small.

It doesn’t look like something great is going come from a seed.

 

But I don’t want you to miss the larger point; that the biggest and most influential movement that the earth has ever seen, the church of Jesus, started out as the most inconsequential little group.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifullywill also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiencyin all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

 

You can’t out give God!

The Name _ El Roi

The Name _ El Roi

June 2, 2022

The Name – El Roi – The Lord my shepherd

EL-Roi – the Lord is my shepherd.

 

This is one of the most tenderest verses of Scripture written in the Bible.

 

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surelygoodness and mercyshall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwellin the house of the Lord
    forever.

 

Yahweh is my El Roi – my shepherd; I shall not want. I have someone watching over me. I have someone who cares for me. I have someone in every season of life. And that someone is not just anyone but it is the great “I am.” He… Is my shepherd.

Jesus, who is Yahweh in the flesh, announces to the world in John 10 that he had come to fulfill that role of the good shepherd.

 

 John 10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

 

John 10:10 I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

 

Here is a big thought for us this morning; the condition of the sheep always reflects their shepherd.

 

Here is another big thought; It’s all about Him!

 

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

 

Another big thought; I lack nothing. Lacking nothing is the constant state of the Christian life.

 

David claims to have “found it” the highest experience, the peak of the journey, the place of the greatest satisfaction, contentment and peace.

 

David is saying that when the Lord is your shepherd you will not lack anything or want for anything else.

 

One more big thought this morning before communion; there will be bad times but HE will be with me.

 

The Name - El Olam

The Name - El Olam

May 23, 2022

The names of God; EL-Olam

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God (El Olam),
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.

Psalm 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

He’s the everlasting God.

His everlastingness means
- he’s not changing
- he’s not going anywhere
- he’s entirely faithful
- is totally dependable
- you can trust him
- he is secure
- and those who believe in him will never be sorry.

The everlastingness of God will do something to our minds, to our hearts, and to our bodies.

Isaiah 40:27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
    and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
    and my right is disregarded by my God”? 

These people are accusing God of indifference but El Olam answers.

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable. 

El-Olam is used over 400 times in the Bible.

Obviously everlasting means that he has no beginning or ending. Everlasting can also mean that God have no boundaries.
God’s power is everlasting and without limitation. 

His resources are everlasting and without limitation. 

His knowledge is everlasting and without limitation. 

His sovereignty is everlasting and without limitation. 

His salvation is everlasting and without limitation. 

His word is everlasting and without limitation. 

Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.

Take a look at the Scripture. Understand something; following Jesus Christ is not just another exhausting, demanding, and tedious thing.

El Olam, the everlasting God, he knows all about your weariness and exhaustion and he invites you to come and get some power… And to increase your strength… And soar up like an eagle.

To receive we must WAIT upon the Lord. 

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The Name - Jehovah Nissi
Dana Brown - Zoe Freedom Center

Dana Brown - Zoe Freedom Center

May 9, 2022

Guest speaker Dana Brown from Zoe Freedom Center shares her amazing testimony.

The Name - Jesus

The Name - Jesus

May 2, 2022

God has a name and his name isn’t God.

 

Exodus 3:13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ 15… This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

 

What is God’s name?

“I am that I am.” Or, “I am who I am.”

We use the name Yahweh.

 

Our God is the great I am – he is perfectly God right now – he will always be perfectly God – there will never be a time he is not perfectly God – and everything that comes from God will always be perfect.

 

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord (Yahweh) is the beginning of knowledge…

 

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

 

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

 

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

 

When we open the pages of the New Testament we are introduced to Yahweh in the flesh. And Yahweh in the flesh is going to be given a special name.

 

Matthew 1:20 “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,for he will save his people from their sins.”

 

Jesus.

 

 

Let’s read some of the foundational truths that will make you love the name of Jesus all the more.

 

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

 

Jesus is here to shine in the darkness.

And he’s here to remove the darkness.

And he’s here to give you eternal life.

He’s here to destroy the works of the devil.

 

And here is another pertinent passage of Scripture that points to Jesus and why the power of the name of Jesus is so important.

 

 John 3:31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

 

When Jesus stepped foot on this earth he came from above.

 

The very name of Jesus captures all of the grace of Jesus – all the power of Jesus – all the glory of Jesus – all the faithfulness of Jesus – all the love of Jesus –

 

Jesus sent out his disciples as his representatives and when they came back here’s what they said;

 

Luke 10:17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”

 

Jesus invited us to pray in his name.

 

John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

 

Acts 4:12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

 

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

When we are baptized we are immersed in the name of not just the father, not just the Holy Spirit, but in the name of Jesus

 

Acts 4:29 And now, Lord…you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

 

Paul talks about the life-changing power of the name of Jesus…

 

1 Corinthians 6:9 Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

 

Phil. 2:9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Name - YAHWEH

The Name - YAHWEH

April 25, 2022

Have you ever been involved in picking out a name for a baby? Coming up with the right name is important, it’s like you’re writing your kids future.

God has a name and his name isn’t God!

Exodus 3:7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

What did you just learn from reading that passage?

Let’s just take another look;

  • Exodus 3:7 Then the Lord said… God speaks.
  • Exodus 3:7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen… God sees.
  • … and have heard their cry… God hears.
  • I know their sufferings… God is moved by what he sees and hears.
  • …and I have come down to deliver… God enters into human history.
  • …to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians… He will defeat all the powers of darkness.
  • …to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey… God is a God of great promises.
  • …Come, I will send you… God invites us into his story.
  • But Moses said to God, “Who am I”… But I will be with you… He is the God who is nearby and present.

God reveals his name that he wants to be known by.

Exodus 3:13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

 

What is God’s name? “I am that I am.” Or, “I am who I am.” The Hebrew translation is YHWH. In our English Bibles it is always translated Lord.

 

God’s name is Yahweh. I am that I am. Or, I will be what I will be.

 

And who is he?

I am that I am means that who God is he is always that and he is always that perfectly.

 

As Louie Giglio once said, “if God’s name is I am, then my name is I am not.”

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